Carolina Bucci is a jewellery designer whose creations are synonymous with a modern and effortless sense of luxury. Her jewellery is a vibrant re-invention of her family’s rich heritage, and it has redefined what fine jewellery can be, and how it should be worn.
Growing up surrounded by jewellery and jewellers, Carolina backed up her desire to design with an education that provided her with the technical know-how necessary to execute her vision, studying Fine Arts and Jewellery Design in New York. Returning to Florence after her studies, she worked alongside local goldsmiths encouraging them to push the boundaries of their traditional practices to create her first collection, Woven. Using a centuries-old Florentine textile loom to weave gold and silk threads, the collection has become her trademark.
Carolina Bucci creates jewellery that transcends fleeting trends, and with a unique spirit that makes her designs a favourite among celebrities, and regularly featured on the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W magazine. Working with the same techniques and tools used by her great-grandfather, the designer continues to explore new methods of her craft, creating unique pieces that combine the tradition of Florentine artisanship with a distinctly hip and modern sensibility.
Carolina Bucci has been listed in Vanity Fair’s annual ‘Power Player’ list for the jewellery industry for the past few years, and a selection of her designs is showcased in the permanent jewellery collection of the Palazzo Pitti Museum in Florence.
In 1885, Carolina Bucci’s great-grandfather, Ferdinando Bucci, opened a workshop in Florence specializing in the sale and repair of gentlemen’s pocket watches. A talented artisan and goldsmith, Bucci soon began to design gold chains to accessorize his clients’ timepieces, and from there he moved into the production of fine jewellery.
By the time his son, Fosco, took over in 1920, the workshop was one of the most influential in the city and the business continued to grow as a supplier of fine jewellery across the whole of Italy. Around this time Fosco Bucci also moved the showroom to Piazza Santo Stefano, next to Florence’s fashionable Ponte Vecchio, which remains to this day the city’s traditional hub of artisans and goldsmiths.
After the Second World War, Carolina Bucci’s father, also called Ferdinando, picked up where his father had left off and grew the business internationally, particularly in the US and Japan. But through all of these many decades of expansion the manufacture of the jewellery has always been concentrated in the family’s local workshops. The family has remained true to Ferdinando Bucci’s original vision, realizing that their business’ greatest asset is the tradition of excellence that still flourishes among Florence’s goldsmiths.